ADA CE Course: A Family Affair: Caregiving, Oral Health and Health Literacy Considerations Across the Lifespan

November 29, 2021
10 AM - 11 AM (PST)


The family caregiver plays a critical role in the maintenance of the family’s oral health.  In celebration of November as National Family Caregivers Month, come and learn about oral health and health literacy family caregiving considerations across the lifespan

Learners will be able to:

  • Describe 3 approaches to teach pregnant women how to keep their infants cavity free
  • Understand what 'teach back' is and how to use it
  • Describe specific oral health challenges for disabled children, adults and the elderly,  and learn strategies to improve care
  • Understand the unique role of the family caregiver, and receive concrete tips on what clinicians need to know when working with special populations and their caregivers


Alice Horowitz, PhD, Facilitator

Dr. Horowitz is a Research Professor, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Formerly a senior scientist at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Health, National Institutes of Health, her research focus has been on dental caries prevention and early detection and oral cancer prevention. She was instrumental in initiating the need to address health literacy in dentistry and is a member of the ADA’s National Advisory Committee for Health Literacy in Dentistry (NACHLD). Dr. Horowitz has received several awards in dental public health and has published numerous research findings

Jeffrey Cantor, DDS, Facilitator

Dr. Cantor graduated from Bowdoin College and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Since completing his specialty training at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester, he has been a private pediatric specialist, teacher, public health dentist, and currently Co-Founder and CEO of Disability Dental Services in Chicago, Illinois. DDS is the culmination of over 40 years experience working with patients with special needs of all ages, especially children with autism and adults with developmental disabilities

Nicole Augustine, QIDP, Faciliator

Ms. Augustine is a Qualified Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Professional (QIDP) at Trinity Services, Inc. in Des Plaines, IL.  Developing  a passion for psychology while attending Northern Illinois University,  she graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a desire to help others.  Nicole has worked with adults with dementia, children with autism and adults with different functioning levels and both intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as mental illness.  She spends her days working with Individuals on daily living skills, assisting with medical appointments, finance management and skill development, and is a compassionate, kindhearted advocate who loves what she does and has goals to affect positive change in the lives of adults with disabilities

1 CE (Pending Approval)